Rajya Sabha took up The Surrogacy Regulation Bill aiming to curb the illegal commercialization of surrogacy. The Bill enables couples married for 5 or more years, to opt for surrogacy.
It aims to ban commercial surrogacy and allow altruistic surrogacy for Indian citizens. Over the last few years, India has emerged as a surrogacy hub for couples from different countries.
The business has been unregulated so far with unethical elements handling an estimated 2,000 cases every year, raking in crores of rupees. Once the Bill is enacted by the Parliament, the National Surrogacy Board will be constituted.
States and Union Territories shall also set up similar Boards. This will lead to regulation of the surrogacy sector and will ensure protection of rights of both the surrogate mother and the child.